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DUSTY ANSWER

Rosamond Lehmann

  • Original Title: DUSTY ANSWER
  • Publication date: December 1927
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
  • Country: GB
  • 348 print pages
  • Classic

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  • Epoch: Historical
  • Time Period: 20th century, World War I
  • Location setting: France, United Kingdom
  • Themes: FAMILY, Mourning, Homosexuality, PEOPLE facing life, Coming of age, Death, Facing failure, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Friendship, LOVE / HATE, Sex, Obsession, Amorous urge, CHARACTERS, Minorities

Pitch

The story of Judith - her solitary childhood spent in seclusion, her awkward, intense experiences at Cambridge rounded with passion and disillusionment, and her travels abroad with her socialite mother. Above all, this is about her consuming relationship with the Fyfe family, who each fall in love with Judith, transforming her young womanhood.

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Trois was Lehmann's debut novel. It was a succès de scandale.

Rosamond Lehmann (1901 - 1990) was an English novelist. Her novel THE BALLAD AND THE SOURCE received particular critical acclaim, and her books THE ECHOING GROVE and THE WEATHER IN THE STREETS were filmed.

Summary

" Mamma was fast asleep at home, her spirit lapped in unconsciousness. Her dreams would not divine that her daughter had stolen out to meet a lover.
And next door also they slept unawares, while one of them broke from the circle and came alone to clasp a stranger... "

Judith Earle, over-earnest and inexperienced, has always been a little in love with each of the four cousins who come to stay next door and, on her return from Cambridge, becomes madly in love with one of them - Roddy, the 'sensation-hunter'. DUSTY ANSWER traces with delicate nostalgia childhood friendships and the pangs of thwarted young love.

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    Rosamond Lehmann (1901 - 1990) was an English novelist. Her first novel, DUSTY ANSWER (1927), was a succès de scandale; she subsequently became established in the literary world and intimate with members of the Bloomsbury set. Her novel THE BALLAD AND THE SOURCE received particular critical acclaim, and her books THE ECHOING GROVE and THE WEATHER IN THE STREETS were filmed.